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Couple of questions

Ok my truck is a 96 powerstroke f350 and my engine temperature never gets up much past the C but i bought it in the fall and it is like 80 degrees around here when i bought it and it never did get very high and i was wondering if that was a common thing from that year of pickup on the gauge.

Another question is one time i was being dumb this winter and lets say i wanted to get going hunting and i didnt let it warm up that long i plug it in so the block heater was on but like it doesnt have very good throttle response when its really cold and i dont let it warm up and i had to backup a steep little hill to my fence it had hardly no power in reverse i had to get a run at it you push the throttle more and more and the rpms dont change.....and by the way it is an automatic.

If you guys could help me out on this i would appriciate it alot thanx!!!


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My 95 does the same thing. It seems like I have to get it out on the highway to get it up to the normal operating temperature. Just driving around town---it takes at least 20 minutes just to get above the first bar on the cold side of the normal range. I replaced the thermostat and that DID NOT help. I know these trucks are designed to tow very heavy loads, but I'm wondering what to do if you're not towing a fifth wheel, but would still like your truck to warm up in a reasonably quick manner.
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mine will not hardly warm up at all either it takes a long time but i havent had mine to lond and its been cold like the whole time and i havent got to drive it alot but when shes warm she smokes alot more!

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My 95 does the same thing. It seems like I have to get it out on the highway to get it up to the normal operating temperature. Just driving around town---it takes at least 20 minutes just to get above the first bar on the cold side of the normal range. I replaced the thermostat and that DID NOT help. I know these trucks are designed to tow very heavy loads, but I'm wondering what to do if you're not towing a fifth wheel, but would still like your truck to warm up in a reasonably quick manner.
You can get a chip with high idle mode or an axillary idle control to raise the idle speed. It will warm up a lot quicker.

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Ok my truck is a 96 powerstroke f350 and my engine temperature never gets up much past the C but i bought it in the fall and it is like 80 degrees around here when i bought it and it never did get very high and i was wondering if that was a common thing from that year of pickup on the gauge.

Another question is one time i was being dumb this winter and lets say i wanted to get going hunting and i didnt let it warm up that long i plug it in so the block heater was on but like it doesnt have very good throttle response when its really cold and i dont let it warm up and i had to backup a steep little hill to my fence it had hardly no power in reverse i had to get a run at it you push the throttle more and more and the rpms dont change.....and by the way it is an automatic.

If you guys could help me out on this i would appriciate it alot thanx!!!


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My temp stays on the low side also, usually between N and O. The lack of throttle response when cold is due to the exhaust back pressure valve closing to warm the engine. It is a pain to drive on with the valve closing. You can unplug the EBPV to keep it from coming on and just make sure you plug it in at night during cold months. To disable it, disconnect the two wire plug under the inlet side of the turbo compressor. The plug will be bolted to the turbo.

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I do have a six position switch with the fast idle option. I usually turn to that position until the glow plugs turn off. At $4.20 a gallon, I don't want to let it sit at idle a really long time.
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One other thing is the weight of your oil in cold weather, it should be thinner than summer oil. A new thermostat should be tested before installing it in your truck. Place it in a pan of boiling water and if it does not open more than 1/4" do NOT install it in your engine.

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